Major General Hossein Salami, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), declared in remarks Thursday that Iran is “engaged in biological warfare” and will “win the war” against the Chinese coronavirus spreading worldwide.
The IRGC is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization and an official wing of the Iranian military, making it unique among terrorist entities. Its operations abroad have suffered greatly in the past two months as a result of a U.S. airstrike eliminating the head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, Major General Qasem Soleimani, while active in organizing deadly attacks on Americans in Iraq.
Iran has been among the hardest-hit countries fighting the Chinese coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan in December. It took China over a month to notify the world that it had identified an outbreak of a contagious disease, which it did on January 20 despite privately notifying the World Health Organization (WHO) at the beginning of the month.
At press time, Iranian officials have not made public if they know how the coronavirus entered the country or if they have identified the first carrier of the disease in Iran.